Oscars 2018: Greta Gerwig gets first female director nomination in eight years

Posted January 24, 2018

Jordan Peele is also only the third person in history to score Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Oscar nods for his directorial debut, joining Hollywood heavyweights Warren Beatty and James L. Brooks, who did the same with 1978's Heaven Can Wait and 1983's Terms of Endearment, respectively.

Make no mistake about it: the Academy Awards are the ultimate boys club.

"Lady Bird" director Greta Gerwig is the only female nominee in the all-male line-up for Best Director at the 2018 Oscars.

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She probably will; after she hangs up, she'll be meeting Lady Bird star Beanie Feldstein for breakfast in Los Angeles - the two had agreed to a meal on Tuesday morning "no matter what happens" - so Gerwig figures she'll have at least one more crying session to go through before the day's over. Ultimately, however, the Oscars chose to go with Gerwig, Paul Thomas Anderson ("Phantom Thread"), Guillermo del Toro ("The Shape of Water"), Christopher Nolan ("Dunkirk") and Jordan Peele ("Get Out") as their Best Director lineup.

To put this aspect into perspective, it's the equivalent of Nolan getting nominated for Following, Paul Thomas Anderson for Hard Eight (his only nomination to date was for There Will Be Blood) and del Toro getting a nod for Mexican chiller Cronos. You can checkout all the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards here. Only one woman has ever won it.

Lady Bird practically saw a full sweep: Ronan and her onscreen mother Laurie Metcalf each scored nominations.

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The first female director to win an Oscar was Katherine Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2008. This impressive list includes a film directed by a black American man (Jordon Peele), a film directed by a white American woman (Greta Gerwig), a film directed by a Mexican man (Guillermo del Toro), and a film directed by a black American woman (Dee Rees).

Christopher Plummer, 88, a late replacement for disgraced Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Gerwig is the fifth woman to be recognized in the category. Four black actors received acting nominations: Kaluuya; Denzel Washington, for Roman J. Israel, Esq.

She was also named as best director for Lady Bird by the National Board of Review and National Society of Film Critics.

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SNUB: The Big Sick for best picture Amazon also didn't crack the best picture category in 2018, with its hit box office comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani. "I just keep feeling like I want more female storytellers and I want it quite selfishly because I want to see their stories".